Tori Shogi (1795)

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1795
# of Players
2
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Best with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
6 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
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Tori (Bird) Shogi is a delightful variant played on a 7×7 board that dates from the late 18th century. It is thought to have been the first Shogi variant to utilize drops (a mechanic in the modern version of 9×9 Shogi and absent from the original 9×9 Sho Shogi). Each piece is named after a type of bird. The royal piece (King) is the Phoenix. Other pieces include the Swallow (promotes to Wild Goose), Falcon (promotes to Eagle), Crane, Pheasant, and Quail. The goal of the game is to capture the opposing Phoenix.

Somewhat of an oddity is the fact that a player's two Quail pieces are actually asymmetrical, being designated as the Left Quail and the Right Quail, with their movement capabilities mirrored. Drops are handled in a manner very similar to modern Shogi. A third swallow cannot be dropped in a file that contains two others, nor can one be dropped on the last rank, where it would not be able to move. In addition, a swallow cannot be dropped so as to give immediate mate.

The promotion zone for Swallows and the Falcon consists of the opponent's back two ranks. Promoted pieces revert to their un-promoted value when they are captured (for purposes of dropping back into play).

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Average Rating: 6.64
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